Alum Creek ordinance on Oct. 9 city council agenda
Bexley City Council is expected to approve an Alum Creek preservation ordinance at its Oct. 9 meeting, following a second public hearing on the legislation.
"City Council will have the option to act on the ordinance," Recreation and Parks Director Mike Price said.
During council's Sept. 11 meeting, there was an explanation of the ordinance by members of the Alum Creek Corridor Committee (ACCC). Most of the questions that were raised both by council and the public centered around the practical implications of the ordinance on Bexley residents.
"The ordinance is important because it establishes protections for Alum Creek in an effort to preserve it for generations to come," Price said. "The Alum Creek Corridor Committee is working to improve and encourage access to Alum Creek. Continuing to clean, improve and preserve Alum Creek is essential to the success of increasing the enjoyment that Alum Creek can bring to our community."
Price said the city has plans to better utilize Alum Creek.
"In the short term, we will be introducing a kayak/canoe program which will provide easy access for residents to get out onto Alum Creek," Price said. "The ACCC is working to develop a continuous park plan along Bexley's side of Alum Creek. This plan will take an additional step in integrating the wonderful benefits of natural resources like Alum Creek with our community."
The Alum Creek Preservation Ordinance regulates the use of land within protected areas of the creek. The protected areas along the creek are the greater of the following:
* 100 feet from the center line of the creek
* Areas within the 100-year flood plain
* Adjacent areas to the creek with a slope of 12 percent or greater (Highly Erodible Land)
Within these areas, most types of new development and clear cutting are prohibited. Existing uses and existing cleared areas are grandfathered.
"This ordinance does allow for a variance process to allow for new development and other variances, and it does specifically provide for new development in commercial areas on Main Street and Livingston Avenue that border the creek," Mayor Ben Kessler said.
City Service Director Bill Harvey, who owns a condo that is impacted by the ordinance, asked questions and raised concerns, but there was no specific opposition.
Several members of Friends of Alum Creeks and Tributaries and the city's own Alum Creek Corridor Committee were at the meeting in support of the ordinance.
The third reading of the legislation was Sept. 4. It was tabled then and again Sept. 11. This was done to allow for a second public meeting in order to provide follow up info to council and to provide for notification of more residents regarding the ordinance.